Friday, February 20, 2009

MTC Week 8

Hola! So the MTC life is still going strong. Its crazy to think that in 10 days I'll be in Mexico. Our departure date is the 2 of March, for those of you who didn't know :) Matt, thanks so much for the DearElder letter. Yes, I got it and that's insane about Blink!!!!!!!! But I like Motab and E.F.Y. CD's much better... :( haha jk but that's way cool.
So this week was pretty cool. We taught the second lesson in Spanish for the first time, and it went really well. We knew the doctrines, as well as most of the vocabulary, and what vocab we didn't know, the Spirit took over. So it went good. Our devotional this week was awesome. We had M.Russel Ballard come talk to us. I took 2 and a half pages of notes so its kinda hard to specify what he spoke on haha. But he talked about going and speaking to all the major press associates about the beliefs of the church during the campaign of Mitt Romney while there were a lot of false statements being made. He said it was the perfect missionary opportunity and that "once we bore our firm testimonies of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, all the other questions were easy, because we had that as our foundation." It was really amazing to hear him and feel the spirit there.
So we had an interesting experience this week. Elder Andersen and I went to the TEC (which is like a place where you can teach teachers and they help you with what you need) to see if we could sign up to teach the second lesson. So as I'm checking the list, Elder Andersen just starts making small talk with this guy sitting in a chair. I finish looking at the list seeing that there was no openings, and I come over and start talking. This guy said he was just waiting for his brother to take him to work. The spirit told me to talk about the Gospel. So I began asking questions and we began answering his questions. Anyway, we give him the total first lesson, as well as teach him how to pray, because he was way into it and was understanding really well. So we ask if he'll be here any other time so we can talk to him again. He says yes, on Monday hes here from 12-4 waiting for his brother. I thought, dang he waits here for 4 hours? haha here comes the best part. We say "well, what time is best for you?" he says"lets go check." he takes us back to the board of teacher times, and sure enough, theres his picture with the perfect account of the "life" he told us about. It turns out he was a "progressing investigator" which is someone you teach continually every day for a few times a week, just like in the field. This man acted sooooo well and the spirit was so strong, that I could have sworn it was real. so then I got to thinking, " a guy sitting in the MTC, waits for his brother for 4 hours a day, lives in Utah, never heard of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ?" haha it all made sense after that. We have a return appointment with Bobby Jameson at 3:30 on Monday in Rm 215 :) Haha
Anyway, we should be getting travel plans today (!!!) I only know the flight info already because a couple weeks back when we went to SLC to sign our visas, they already had our info, so we ask" can you tell us what time and what day we leave?" and they did! :) So there was no visa delay for us thankfully. Mexico is one of the hardest to get visas for.
Anyway I love you all and write me!!!
Much Love

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